Double yellow lines outside a busy doctors’ surgery in Northampton are to be removed after the county council agreed a compromise with the practice.
The parking restrictions, on a 50-metre stretch of road outside Langham Place Surgery, in Barrack Road, have forced patients to leave cars hundreds of metres away in a side street – or the other side of a main road – since the lines were painted more than a fortnight ago.
Previously a single yellow line had operated, which only prohibited parking between 8am and 9.30am.
A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council claimed it had only been operating as a single yellow because one of the lines had faded years ago and that a ‘legal order’ was in place for them to install double lines.
Following complaints from Langham Place Surgery, a council spokeman said: “As a compromise it has been agreed to re-instate the single yellow line and it is hoped that this work will be carried out this week. Going forward we will carry out a consultation on which sort of road marking would be best for this stretch of road.”
The doctor’s surgery did not wish to comment, but taxi driver Eamonn Johnstone, 49, who regularly drops an elderly patient at Langham Place, said the double yellow lines were ‘ridiculous’. He said: “If I didn’t stop here, she wouldn’t be able to get to the doctors. She wouldn’t be able to walk across this road.”